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Summer Eats For Kids Returns To Provide Healthy Snacks All Summer

Sunday July 4th, 2021, 11:00am


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The Summer Eats for Kids program returns this summer.

Starting on Tuesday, July 6th, families in need of a little extra food support can participate in the Summer Eats for Kids drive thru pick up program, which provides a weekly food basket of healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables during the summer months when school nutrition programs are closed.

The program is geared toward school-age children and their families where extra food support might be needed to reduce a family’s grocery bill and ensure kids have nutritious food choices, which might come at a higher cost.

“For kids who rely on school nutrition programs, summer can be the hungriest time of year,” says Liam Giles-Hayes, Director of United Way Programs. “We can help kids be ready to learn this September if we can help boost their nutrition in the summer months.”

The program runs on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm at St. James Catholic Elementary, Catholic Central High School and St. Louis Catholic Elementary (in Leamington), and  Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm at West Gate Public School, Dougall Avenue  Public School, or Frank W. Begley Public School. Registration will take place on location. All staff and volunteers will be taking the appropriate safety measures for COVID-19. The program runs until August 26, 2021. Summer Eats for Kids is generously sponsored by the Ontario Student Nutrition Program.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Summer Eats for Kids program, you can contact 519-999-4473 or email [email protected]. Anyone wishing to donate or fundraise for the program can visit www.weareunited.com/SummerEats. So far, $15,700 has been raise towards the $35,000 goal.

United Way is also collecting new and gently used books to distribute along with the food baskets. Book donations can be dropped off from July 5th to July 30th (Monday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, or Friday 12 pm to 3 pm) at the United Way office located at 300 Giles Blvd East in Windsor. The goal is to collect 5,000 books for students ages 1 to 17.

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